Still Life with Apples and Vase of Flowers

Meijer Isaac de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)

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  • This composition, with its boldy outlined fruit, intricate silhouette of flowers, and lavishly brushed background, reflects de Haan's interest in the relationship of shapes and colors.
  • In spring 1889 Dutch artist Meijer de Haan began an 18-month stay in the French province of Brittany, living in the villages of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu. With Gauguin as friend and mentor, he abandoned his academic approach in favor of the Pont-Aven School's devotion to bold color and surface pattern.
  • Of the approximately 20 works de Haan completed in Brittany, more than half of them are fruit and floral subjects.

Marie Henry, Le Pouldu; by descent to her daughter, Ida Cochannec, Rosporden; Hotel Drouot, Paris, in 1959{1}; Samuel Josefowitz, Lausanne, in 1959; to his son Paul Josefowitz; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2001.

{1}Hotel Drouot, Paris, Trés belles estampes pastels, gouaches, acquarelles, dessins tableaux, 16 March 1959, lot 166*. (Items marked with * indicate they "proviennent de l'auberge tenue part Marie Pouldu".) Correspondence with Samuel Josefowitz, dated November 2001, indicates he purchased the painting at this sale, see IMA Historical File (2001.349).

Object Information

Meijer Isaac de Haan (Dutch, 1852-1895)
creation date
about 1890
oil on canvas
14 x 11-3/8 in. (canvas)
20-1/4 x 18 x 2-1/2 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
signed, L.L.: MH
accession number
credit line
Gift of Paul Josefowitz in honor of Eli Lilly and Company and Dr. Homer L. Pearce
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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